Ultimate Guide to a Sustainable Closet

Last day of the 10 x 10 Challenge (click here to start reading my other posts), and I’m sad that is has come to an end, but I think this will become a seasonal tradition for me, in the hopes that I can become more aware and connected to the clothes I have and become a more conscious shopper.

To finish off this challenge, I wanted to compile all the information I shared during these past 10 days and create for you a go-to reference of steps to make your wardrobe more eco-friendly.

This guide addresses the 5 areas of the clothing’s lifecycle: material, production, shipping, use, and disposal.


Consider what your clothes are made of & do your research.

Avoid buying plastic fabric. Some examples are: polyester, lycra, and nylon.

Ensure the alternatives to plastic fabrics are being made with the environmental impact in mind (for example cotton is certified BCI – “Better Cotton Initiative” promoting more sustainably-made cotton).

Check out Day 4 & 5 of my 10 x 10 challenge to learn more about why materials matter.


Prioritize quality over quantity.

Avoid fast fashion retailers such as H&M and Zara.

Research the brand/company & consider:

  • Where is the product made?
  • How is the product made?
  • Is there a certification mentioned (check out different textile eco-labels here)?
  • What is their mission or vision? Is the environment mentioned in it?
  • Do they have a good reputation for being environmental?


Again ask, where is this garment made?

The closer to your home the garment is made, the less it travels, which then reduces its carbon footprint.

#4 – USE

Shop in your closet & use what you already have.

Buy less.

Build a capsule wardrobe with your existing clothing.

Buy second-hand clothing.

Plan and/or attend a clothing swap.

Take care of your clothing:

  • Wash your clothing less frequently (my rule: no spills & no smell under the arms, I wear it again!),
  • Consider hand washing your clothes,
  • Use shorter wash cycles & use cold water cycles,
  • Only wash your clothes if you have a full load,
  • Use liquid detergent with plastic fabrics,
  • Buy a device for your washer to catch micro-fibres (such as Guppy Friend),
  • Sun bleach instead of using chemical bleach,
  • Hang dry your clothing.


Avoid the Landfill:

  • Mend the clothing you have to give it a longer life,
  • Keep old clothing and consider repurposing them into items such as rags, wipes, or yarn,
  • Only donate clothing that has good resale value,
  • Reduce how much you buy.


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